According to a report from last month, the Cleveland Browns once offered the No. 19 overall pick in exchange for Sam Bradford. According to ESPN Insider Adam Caplan, however, the Browns didn't make that offer to the Philadelphia Eagles. It was the St. Louis Rams who originally received that offer from Cleveland.
Caplan's report is interesting because shortly after trading for Bradford last month, Chip Kelly revealed that he was offered a first round pick for the team's newly acquired quarterback. At the time, it was assumed it was the Browns who made the offer. But if Caplan's report is true, that doesn't seem to be the case.
So if it wasn't the Browns who offered a first round pick, which team was it? It's hard to say for sure. Perhaps Kelly was just stretching the truth, but maybe not. There was a report in February that some NFL teams at the top of the 2015 NFL Draft order prefer Bradford to Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota. Was it one of those teams? If so, it might seem hard to believe the Eagles would receive such a high pick offer and then turn it down.
Kelly has downplayed the idea that the Eagles will use Bradford as a trade chip, but some NFL coaches think that's exactly what Kelly plans to do. The team seems to have a genuine level of interest in Bradford, but his contract status and injury history muddle his future in Philadelphia. The Eagles are still believed to be in the hunt for Mariota and moving Bradford could help them end up with their desired prize.
With the 2015 NFL Draft less than two weeks away, it'll be interesting to see how it all plays out.